McGuinty government helps the Ontario Timberfest Championships attract more attendees

    MINDEN, ON, June 8 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is helping promote the
Ontario Timberfest Championships through an investment of $2,000 to cover the
cost of magazine and television advertising in central and eastern Ontario,
Tourism Minister Jim Bradley announced today.
    "The Ontario government is pleased to support festivals, events and
attractions that boost tourism," said Bradley. "Supporting events like the
Ontario Timberfest Championships provides an economic boost to our
communities, and a memorable experience for our visitors."
    Now in its 15th year, the Ontario Timberfest Championships are being held
in Minden on June 9. Competitors from across Ontario, Quebec and the United
States will participate in a skills competition using chainsaws, axes, and
Swedish saws. The event also features an evening performance of country music.
    "Timberfest is very excited to receive this grant from the Ministry of
Tourism," said Ann Lavery, tourism facilitator for the Haliburton Highlands
visitor information centre. "The extra funds for marketing will be extremely
beneficial in helping us reach new audiences."
    The Ontario Timberfest Championships is among a number of events and
festivals supported by the Ontario government. Marketing support for these
events encourages increased tourism and strengthens Ontario's tourism industry
by assisting local organizations to promote their events to the people of
Ontario and beyond.
    "A healthy tourism industry supports Ontario's high quality of life,"
said Bradley. "Festivals and events increase tourism, bringing new visitors to
communities across Ontario, contributing to a strong and prosperous economy."

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For further information:

For further information: David Oved, Minister's Office, (416) 314-1400;
Gary Wheeler, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391

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